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Letter | A letter to Mayor Bassett and Chief Holmes
As I am sure you are aware, you have much to be proud of on Mercer Island. Police Officer John Haraway is someone I know to be in that category. And based on my brief but meaningful interaction with Mr. Haraway recently, I want to let you know that I believe him to be a terrific asset to your community. He reflects not only the professional work ethic of your police department (as Chief Ed Holmes has obviously passed along to his officers), but a personal touch that is sometimes and in some places missing between the public and public officials.
My wife and I have been visiting Mercer Island for decades. On Sunday, Jan. 13, we decided to get out for some fresh air and something of a vent after the Seahawks-Falcons football game. We decided to work our frustration out with a hike to dinner. Trouble was, we took an eastern trail when we should have taken the western fork.
Officer Haraway came along and was quick to see the bewilderment in our faces under the I-90 overpass and was ever so happy to set us straight. But he also understood (if we did not) that maybe it might be more of a hike than we had bargained for. He cheerfully volunteered to take us. I was mildly surprised that was an option, but once he assured me that it was within department policy, my wife and I took him up on the offer. The ride lasted maybe only five to 10 minutes, but what a pleasant and proud policeman I discovered Mr. Haraway to be. Clearly, he works within a city and department that has established some valuable public values. He said as much. In short, it made our day, if the Seahawks hadn’t.
Buoyed by a good meal and a good man, we had a pleasant walk back to our home away from home. Especially, since we knew the correct pathway.
Congratulations on a wonderful Island, and a terrific police department.
Gene and Carol Fox